Obama Lied About Al Qaeda’s Defeat in Iraq

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Hilla

“We [withdrew troops] in phases. And because we did it in phases, we were continually able to build up Iraqi forces to a point where when we left the cities, violence didn’t go up in the cities; when we further reduced our footprint, violence didn’t go up. And I have no doubt that that will continue.” – Barack Obama, December 12, 2011

The violence however was actually building up. Al Qaeda in Iraq was neither beaten nor under control at this point. The positive effects still lingering were a result of Bush era measures.

Two weeks after Obama said that, a series of coordinated bombings shook Baghdad with 14 bombs targeting 11 neighborhoods that killed 69 people and wounded hundreds.

Experts warned that Al Qaeda was taking advantage of the withdrawal of US troops.

In Washington, the White House condemned the bombings and said attempts to derail progress in Iraq will fail. Press secretary Jay Carney said the attacks serve no agenda “other than murder and hatred.”

“Such horrible blasts have occurred just one week after the American withdrawal, and then imagine what would happen after one month or one year after the Americans leaving,” said Abdul Rahman Qassim, a 46-year-old lawyer in the northern city of Mosul.

In January 2012, Al Qaeda in Iraq again carried out large scale bombings in Baghdad and across Iraq. The worst of these killed 70 people. An incessant wave of suicide bombs and car bombs, hardly reported in the US media, followed that month.

A surge in attacks since the U.S. pullout has killed more than 200 people last month and raised fears of a reprise of a conflict five years ago that was close to all-out civil war.

That was a year ago. Now Al Qaeda in Iraq is not only a serious terrorist group, but it’s bigger and more powerful than ever. There is little doubt that Obama got the necessary security briefings and that his people chose to spin them, as they did Libya and Egypt, to make the disastrous policies of their boss look good.


  • A Z

    The picture in the essay does not look like there is any military target, which is typical of Al Qaeda and other Muslims groups.

    The Left excoriates anytime there is one person who is collateral damage due to any Western War and propitiates anyone who hates “Ammurrikca”. They are very, very good at propitiating.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They were hitting the occasional police station, but mostly civ targets

  • Veracious_one

    don’t worry Chris Matthews will deny it…

  • Bryan

    Our politician in chief believes political points are more important than reality. Unfortunately, a person needs to be a politician to become the US president. Unfortunately, being a politician doesn’t make a good president. We need an actual executive who is also a good politician. Instead, we are stuck with a politician all the time, every time.

    • York

      I would not say that they are mutually exclusive but the overlap is small.

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    “Obama lied about al Qaeda’s defeat in Iraq”


    And Bushyboy lied about those dreaded weapons of mass destruction and how those people “yearning for democracy” would “greet us as liberators.”
    Your point????????

    • Bryan

      Look, there’s a squirrel over there. Nice change of topic.
      What is a lie? If you believe something and it turns out false, is it a lie? If so, several lead Democrats also lied. Namely, then Sen Clinton, Sen Reid, then Sen Kerry, former president Clinton, and Congresswoman Pelosi. They all believed (along with former pres Bush) former pres Clinton’s had picked CIA chief when he told former pres Bush that it was a slam dunk deal that the Iraqi’s had WMD. Maybe former pres Bush should have replaced him. Regardless, the decision to allow the US to go to war in Iraq had 22 points with only a few of them dealing with WMDs. The majority dealt with Iraq’s failing to meat UN resolutions and the peace treaty. Maybe pres Bush should have thrown the UN overboard. It carries more weight.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Actually Bush didn’t lie about the weapons of mass destruction, like most Dhimmicrats at the time, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, he really did believe they existed. It was your elites, on the other hand, who subsequently changed their stories after the fact for political advantage who actually lied. Nevertheless, thanks for revealing the reality that you are an unhinged mind numbed robot of the Left unable of thinking critically and for yourself.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      As YoMamma points out everyone (major Dems, France, Russia) believed Saddam was in the WMD business. No lie here.

      You do have a point that Bush was ignorant of Islam and Arab culture. His phantasy that they would rally to liberty was a projection of his values onto a barren culture. Bottom line: taking out Saddam was understandable, staying around to nation-build was absurd.

    • defcon 4

      Dubya lied about Iraq’s WMD’s? Tell that to the thousand people killed by mustard gas. If you don’t believe mustard gas is a WMD, get together w/a few of close friends and family and try breathing some.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Uhm AQ is nothing but Sunni violent jihadists and they can fade away and re-materialize as the situations calls for. The only way to eliminate AQ is to eliminate all Sunnis in the world. Meanwhile, the Shiites have their own brand of violent jihadists as well, and like so-called AQ, they can also fade away and re-materialize as the situations calls for.

    In other words, AQ doesn’t actually exist except for in the minds of those blinded by PC multiculturalism that also attempt to whittle down the total extent of the problem with Islam and Muslims to being a tiny population of radical extremists here and there. While assuming at the same time and very naively that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are peaceful and moderate people and just like the adherents of other faith-based religions. Instead, of what the problem actually is: a perpetual jihad waged by the entirety of the Islamic ummah in one form or another against all religions and all infidels in order to subjugate the world into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is divine Islamic totalitarian law, in order to make Islam supreme throughout the world.

    In the case of Iraq, like in Syria it is a power struggle between Sunnis and Shiites as both sides of the jihad consider the other side to be infidels. Thus, instead of being alarmed and troubled by the reconstituted jihad in Iraq, which, by the way, was inevitable in only a matter of time, we should instead be extremely pleased by those recent events, as Muslims killing other Muslims without interference or participation from the infidel world is extremely beneficial for the infidel world, while at the same time being extremely detrimental for the Islamic world. Hence, I for one applaud the reconstituted violent jihad between the Sunnis and Shiites occurring today in Iraq and Syria and I am praying for it to last for many years to come. Halleluiah!

    One thing that is extremely idiotic though, is both sides of the political aisles over here in the good ole USA, which, by the way, are both married to the cult of PC multiculturalism and are therefore both incredibly incompetent, try to use the events occurring in Syria and Iraq to blame each other for political advantage as partisan politics trumps all. See what I mean:

    The violence however was actually building up. Al Qaeda in Iraq was neither beaten nor under control at this point. The positive effects still lingering were a result of Bush era measures.

    I hate to have to rain on Greenfield’s parade again here, but GWB was just as incompetent when it came to Islam and Muslims as Obama, and when GWB mischaracterized Islam subsequent to 9/11 as a so-called “religion of peace” on par with other faith-based religions and with the exception of only a tiny population of Islamic radicals and extremists, the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world as being peaceful and moderate people not unlike the adherents of other faith-based religions, it was a fraud perpetrated on the American people just as delusional and detrimental for America as the fraud Obama perpetrated on the American people in order to pass his Obamacare disaster.

    The harsh reality is both major political parties today in this country are leftwing to the hilt, married to the cult of PC multiculturalism, and as a direct result incredibly incompetent. Which is why mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage that for all intents and purposes is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the strategic purpose of demographic conquest, is being enabled by both major political parties here in America today.

    Experts warned that Al Qaeda was taking advantage of the withdrawal of US troops.

    More like PC multicultural loons that don’t have the first clue about Islamic society and the institution of jihad. Maybe they are shocked and troubled by recent events, but I can assure you that I’m neither shocked nor troubled by recent events, as they were not only inevitable in a matter of time, but are also extremely beneficial for the infidel world at large, especially now because the infidel world is no longer being finagled by Muslims into fighting their jihads for them, yet.

    • defcon 4

      Nothing but the ugly truth that no one wants to hear, read, see or acknowledge.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      YoMamma has a well-argued point … glad I finally read the whole thing.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Greenfield, I have a suggestion. This is a perfect opportunity to change the terms of the debate. Both Iraq and Syria have jihadi waging wars against their Shiite counter-parts. In Egypt the MB was able to get a majority of votes. There were similar electoral results in Turkey and Algeria (20 years ago). The focus on al Qaeda is a distraction.

    This is the time to point out that regardless of our presence or our occupation (Iraq vs. Syria or Afghanistan vs. Pakistan) something is wrong in these cultures. Regardless of our support for regimes (Egypt vs. Syria) the MB and Salafi movements grow. We should be asking: can we talk about Islam now?

    This is the missing link in the mainstream analysis. It’s not Bush vs. Obama. Let’s note that Obama was wrong about the return of jihadi but explain it was because he (like Bush) was wrong about Islam. The American people are still ignorant about Islam and how it plays a role in the struggles in this region and how it continues to be a threat around the world. Now is the prefect time to rekindle the debate about Islam since Syria and Egypt can’t be blamed on our intervention.

    Tactically we should posture as follows: we should agree that Obama is not to blame for jihadi, Syria, and the failure of the Arab Spring. We should acknowledge that Bush was too sanguine about the prospects of a liberal regime in Iraq. We should raise a very simple question: can we talk about the problems in Islamic cultures? Can we discuss the role of Islam in the degeneration in the Middle East and Pakistan?

    We can own this debate … think big.

    • Drakken

      Very well stated Jason, as they say, go big or go home, well done.